WPA presents an exhibition by JD Deardourff that brings the NoMa neighborhood to life through works created in the style of comic book splash pages

B and E is JD Deardourff’s exploration into the energy, technology, destruction, construction, and juxtaposition of the urban and natural environment he sees in NoMa. Deardourff makes abstract landscapes based on comic book collages. In his collages, he extracts the positive space information until he is left with what really interests him: exaggeration, action, movement, black contour line, and—most importantly—artificial color. These collages are then transformed into bold, painterly screen prints through a process that mimics the way comic books were traditionally printed. JD’s work is intuitive and unpredictable, but for this project he has created a sequential, abstract narrative. It expresses the evolution of the NoMa neighborhood through composition, shifts in color, and the repetition of imagery.


Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is honored to partner with the NoMa BusinessImprovement District (NoMa BID) to create a changing installation of artwork by outstanding artists for the NoMa Lobby Project. The Lobby Project, made possible by a grant from the Office of Planning, creates a new space in an existing place.  The project is an activation of an office lobby at 1200 First St. NE, with a ‘Nerds in NoMa’ speaker series, art, wifi, lectures, and the creation of a new social and professional gathering space. 

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December 11, 2014 – January 30, 2015


1200 1st Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Opening reception

December 11, 2014, 6-8pm

About the artist

JD Deardourff is an artist living and working in Washington, DC. In 2012 he received a BFA with and emphasis in printmaking from the School of the Art Institute Chicago. JD has exhibited his screen prints in Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. In addition, he has designed graphics for Burton Snowboards and album art for RAMP Records.